Nisha Talagala, contributor, is Co-Founder, CTO & VP, Engineering at ParalelM. Nisha has more than 15 years of expertise in software development, distributed systems, I/O solutions, persistent memory, and flash. Prior to ParallelM, Nisha was a Fellow at SanDisk and Fellow/Lead Architect at Fusion-io, where she drove innovation in non-volatile memory, in particular the industry’s first persistent memory solution. She was technology lead for server flash at Intel – where she led server platform non-volatile memory technology development, storage-memory convergence, and partnerships. Before joining Intel, Nisha was the CTO of Gear6, where she designed and built clustered computing caches for high performance I/O environments. Nisha earned her PhD at UC Berkeley with research on software clustering and distributed storage. Nisha holds 59 patents in distributed systems, networking, storage, performance and non-volatile memory and serves on multiple industry and academic conference program committees.